New Life Community Development Program
“Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance… For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” – Matt 25:34-36
New Life strives to achieve a holistic transformation in the lives of the people; to fulfill not only the spiritual needs, but also the physical, emotional and daily needs of the community, for we believe this is in the heart of God.
We conduct various programs through our Social Welfare arm.
Visually Challenged People Fellowship
New Life Community Development Programme
This project was started on 23rd September 2005 in a village called Ururkuppam. Rev D Mohan inaugurated this project by blessing the fishermen of this village with fishing boats and fishing nets.
The goal of this project was a holistic transformation of this urban slum community. The activities that are taking place under this project are Day Care Center, Night School, Computer School, Tailoring Center, Adult Literacy and Coaching Center. These activities have helped the community in raising their self-esteem and social status as well as in drawing closer to God by reading the Word. Alongside, creating awareness campaigns like HIV/AIDS, eradication of child labor, alcoholism and drug abuse, women empowerment as well as hygienic environment are being done on a quarterly basis in the community by the youth team. Medical campaigns are underway to ensure healthy living of the project participants.
The Project that started at Ururkuppam has been a great success. This has led to the establishment of the same in many other locations at Chennai.
December 26, 2004 was an unforgettable day that sent a shockwave all across the globe. A national disaster in the form of Tsunami struck various parts of the South Asian countries like Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, etc. Chennai and various parts of the state of Tamil nadu were among the most affected areas of this natural calamity. Destruction caused by this catastrophe led to innumerable loss of lives living along the seashores. The victims of this gruesome tragedy were mostly the fishermen whose livelihood was affected. This is where NLAG sprung into action by giving relief to these tsunami-affected victims through the welfare program of the church.
The church constructed shelters in a few parts of Chennai like Kalpakkam and Pondicherry. Food and other necessary provisions were provided to these casualties through NLAG to the needy areas of the East coast regions across Tamil nadu. Household articles such as kitchen utensils, mattresses, medical aid, bicycles, food materials, sewing machines, etc were also provided.
Through these kind acts, the believers at NLAG came together as one body to exhibit the love of Christ. The relief operations that the church undertook truly gave hope to the lives of these victims.
In the beginning of the year 2002,the burden to start a home for deprived children was impressed upon the heart of Sister Faith. The desire took shape in the form of a children’s church on the terrace of an apartment. Soon this vision came to fulfillment with the foundation of the Home of Hope, which was established in July 2002 with 3 children.
The primary focus being to minister to the children whose mothers were involved in Prostitution, the Home of Hope is touching these young lives with warmth and love, releasing them from guilt and shame thereby displaying the love of Christ. This project, which initially started with the Children’s Church, played a vital role in bringing many young lives to the family of Christ. A kind word or an embrace or even a helping hand made a great impact upon these young ones. Christian values, career guidance and personal growth were the key areas of focus. Mentoring them emotionally and spiritually was a major task that the Home undertook in order to make a difference upon their lives. Through their testimony, they were able to reach out to their unsaved relatives. Thus these young believers in Christ were successful in bringing their families to salvation.
Project Rescue is able to fulfill the Great Commission laid down by Jesus Christ in a unique way through these young lives.
Visually Challenged People Fellowship
At NLAG, the fellowship for the visually challenged people began in the year 2001.It was established with the purpose of bringing these lives closer to the love of Christ.
The first fellowship began with just 8 visually challenged people and has now grown to 400. This gathering comprises of youth as well as adults who are either students or self-employed. These meetings begin with praise & worship followed by effective nurturing and discipling from the word of God. Apart from this monthly fellowship, three homogeneous care cells for students in different hostels are held through the church.
Thus through this ministry, many visually challenged people in the city are blessed to grow spiritually thereby creating opportunities for them to have a positive approach to life.